MOA The Green Balm
Review by Emily Hirschmann
You know when you find a product and the reviews online are so positive that they practically glow? And that suspicious voice in your head starts to tell you that maybe it’s one of those occasions when the brand has secretly been paying the reviewers to have their say and populate the comments boxes on the various retailer sites? Well, those sceptical thoughts were very much in my head when I first encountered MOA’s The Green Balm. I was wrong, of course, otherwise I wouldn’t be writing about it here.
I’d been looking for a natural multi-tasking product that I could use on both myself and my baby. It needed to be able to soothe sore skin and hydrate dry skin without risk of irritation. As a general rule, I try to avoid products that contain synthetic nasties – all of the parabens and petrochemicals and artificial whatsits – so my choice was immediately limited. But then I happened upon MOA’s The Green Balm.
Created from a base of organic yarrow – a plant I know best for its vibrant yellow flowers, but prized by natural skincare specialists for its nourishing and healing properties – The Green Balm is widely described as a hero product. On every website I visited the reviewers gushed and raptured, and yet I couldn’t quite see what the fuss was about.
Sure, as well as the yarrow, the balm combines hydrating coconut and sweet almond oils with antiseptic tea tree, and it adds a healthy dollop of antibacterial beeswax into the mix, but is that enough to elicit such praise? Well, actually, yes!
MOA The Green Balm can be used for practically anything. I decided to try it for use as an emergency salve; that one item that I can keep in my handbag for sore skin, dribble rash (the baby’s, not mine!), chapped hands and cracked lips. It deals with all of those and more. Many reviewers praise it for its help in treating eczema; some use it as a make-up remover (I’ve not tried that, but I can imagine that it would work); and you can apparently even melt a little in hot water and gargle it if your throat is sore… Again, this isn’t something I’ve personally tried, but from the scent, I don’t imagine that it would be too unpleasant!
There are some products that seem almost too good to be true. My advice would be to try before dismissing, because sometimes you might just find yourself surprised, and now that I’ve tried The Green Balm, I’m looking forward to investigating their other products. It seems that not for nothing do they call themselves MOA – Magic Organic Apothecary – I couldn’t have named them better myself.